AIFD Newsletter
August 4, 2012
This week at dancing

Bill Michel Programming: Bill Ogilvie, assisted by Michel Breger, will bring you a great evening of fun and energetic dancing.

Kathleen Teaching: Join us this Saturday for the battle of the sexes! Kathleen throws down with two Romanian women's dances -- Joc de Leagane and Hora Miresii (as well as reviewing some previously taught dances). Not to be outdone, Bill Ogilvie takes up the gauntlet with Bulgarian dance Sitna Zborenka ** (often danced as a men's dance in our village). The showdown begins at 7:30.

7:30-10:45 pm,
$5 at the door 17 years or older (free if 16 or under)
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

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Next Week, August 11th
Ethnic Exclamations!!!!

MisiEver wonder about the variety of sounds and noises that accompany our dances? Lisa yellingDid you ever restrain yourself from making a sound because you were afraid people might look at you funny? Make sure to join us next week, August 11th, when our exuberant ethnic noise expert, Misi Tsurikov, will lead us on an exploration of the folk dance soundscape, from the deepest opa's to the highest yiiiii's. Learn when, how and why we shout, squeal, trill and whoop in all your old and new favorites.
belt ** About Sitna Zborenka: Sitna Zborenka is fun to dance in belt hold. So if you have a belt other than what you use to hold up your britches, please bring it with you this week (whether you are a guy or not).
Other dance links and events
See our complete list
Pictures from AIFD's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Texas International Folk Dancers
Village International Dancing1st & 3rd Friday, HRC
Austin Scandinavian Dancing Each Wed and 2nd Fri, HRC
5th Friday Multicultural Dance at HRC.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Contradance and English Country Dancing
Austin Friends of Traditional Music

This week's "other dance" feature:

Shirley Johnson
Shirley Johnson
"~ Swing to a German polka
Fall in love to an Italian serenade
Tap your toes to a Bulgarian beat
Be enchanted by a haunting Bosnian ballad ~"

Austin's own accordionist and singer Shirley Johnson plays all over town, and occasionally even shows up at Saturday night dancing. She has regular events at such great establishments as Blue Dahlia and frequently plays with Nefesh. For more information about Shirley, including her schedule, check out her website at

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Pancho And Lefty
By Townes Van Zandt
Living on the road my friend,
Is gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron,
Your breath as hard as kerosene.
You weren't your mama's only boy,
But her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye,
And sank into your dreams.

Pancho was a bandit boy,
His horse was fast as polished steel
He wore his gun outside his pants
For all the honest world to feel.
Pancho met his match you know
On the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dying words,
Ah but that's the way it goes.

All the Federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose.
Lefty, he can't sing the blues
All night long like he used to.
The dust that Pancho bit down south
Ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day they laid poor Pancho low,
Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go,
There ain't nobody knows

The poets tell how Pancho fell,
And Lefty's living in cheap hotels
The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold,
And so the story ends we're told
Pancho needs your prayers it's true,
But save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do,
And now he's growing old

So, like, if I don't get to dance to this song at least once a week down at the Spoke or Mean Eyed Cat, I start going nuts. - Bill Ogilvie

Link of the week: Nefesh (with Shirley Johnson on the accordion), playing Mayim
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